Chelsea midfielder Kante: I know I'll be forward more under Sarri

Chelsea midfielder Kante: I know I'll be forward more under Sarri

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has opened the door for former captain John Terry to return to the club as part of his coaching staff.

Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea welcome newly-promoted Cardiff City to Stamford Bridge on Saturday in what Blues fans will anticipate to be a fifth win on the bounce in the Premier League.

The former Blues captain spent last season in the Championship with Aston Villa and is now a free agent.

The 37-year-old defender this week turned down a contract offer from Spartak Moscow of the Russian Premier League.

Maurizio Sarri has said he has been warning his Chelsea players all week about the danger of dropping points after worldwide breaks as they prepare to resume their Premier League campaign at home to Cardiff City on Saturday.

"I am open to the idea [of him returning], of course".

"For sure, he will be a point of reference for me, for everybody here [if he returns]".

"I'm trying to stress this number to my players, just telling them this number, my experience in this situation".

"Here is John Terry's home, he would be very important for everyone here". I want to speak to him.

Sarri has enjoyed a superb start to his Chelsea reign with the London club winning all four of their league games to sit joint top of the table with Liverpool and Watford.

There is no consideration for Terry returning to Stamford Bridge as a player, with Sarri prioritising young talent like Wales worldwide Ethan Ampadu.

The Spaniard will be rested following his worldwide retirement, and appears one of the most likely City players to start in Kevin De Bruyne's absence.

"I was training every day". To close that gap in only one season is very hard.

"Fortunately, we have very strong young players: [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, [Callum] Hudson-Odoi, [Ethan] Ampadu... and I'd like to give them the right space".

But the defender, who can also play in midfield, thrived as Wales thrashed Republic of Ireland 4-1 in the Nations League during the worldwide break.

While talking to the press ahead of the Cardiff game, Sarri said: "At the moment, I can only see City or Liverpool [winning it], at the moment", he told a media conference.